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Mahatma Gandhi Museum | 323 Dulles Ave | Stafford

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The Mahatma Gandhi Museum was announced in 2015. It will be built in Stafford at 323 Dulles Avenue, land purchased by the Mahatma Gandhi Library. The museum will be designed by MC2 Architects. The plans for the building are to make it an educational facility where children of Greater Houston come for a Field Trip to learn about Non-violent Truth through study of leaders of peace such as Mahatma Gandhi, Dr,. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lech Walesa, Nelson Mandela and others.


More about it here:

Dr. Manish Wani, on behalf of the MGL (Mahatma Gandhi Library) board, was thrilled to announce the planning for the new Mahatma Gandhi Museum to be built in Stafford, Texas. The land has been secured and preparations are underway. The Mahatma Gandhi Museum design will unite site-specific elements with sustainable strategies to promote the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. The unique experience of the new museum will features galleries as separate structures staggered along the east-west axis and linked by an elevated walkway. As the buildings meander through the narrow site, a series of green oases weave the galleries and breezy verandas, where visitors can linger and enjoy the water gardens. As visitors make their way through the museum, they constantly move between the galleries and the verandas. The goal is to provide a venue where children of all ages can enjoy, learn and recognize the importance of the values of peace, truth and non-violence and also, to offer a place for adults of all ages to reflect and understand the deeper meaning of non-violent truth as exemplified by Mahatma Gandhi.

http://www.indoamerican-news.com/mahatma-gandhi-library-celebrates-1000-lights-for-peace/

 

 

And more here:

As of right now the plans for the building are to have permanent exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi, theater to screen "A Force More Powerful", stage for the annual Mahatma Gandhi Week Speech Competitions, a mural depicting Mahatma Gandhi and Nobel Peace Laureates such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Leach Walesa, Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu and others who followed into foot steps of Mahatma Gandhi. The building will also house a virtual library as well as a small traditional library consisting of books written by and about Gandhi.

http://hpjc.org/pipermail/fyi_hpjc.org/2015-October/007384.html

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Updated renderings of the 15,905 SF Mahatma Gandhi Museum in Stafford at 323 Dulles Avenue, designed by MC2 Architects.
 

The Mahatma Gandhi Museum, an institution aimed at increasing public awareness of Gandhian philosophy and teachings, consists of a series of linear galleries staggered along a long and narrow site.The museum buildings stretch along an elevated walkway interwoven with green spaces. Visitors meander through the museum, circulating between galleries and verandas. The breezy water gardens serve as breaks between exhibitions, where one can rest, reflect, and reconnect with the wetland ecology that was once prevalent on the site.
 

The museum employs the vernacular “dogtrot” typology as a key design and sustainability strategy. The breezeways catch prevailing winds to cool outdoor spaces and ventilate the galleries. The shed roofs collect rainwater into retention ponds, for reuse in the building and for irrigation. The interconnected ponds employ gravity filtration to reduce pollution in the water before gradually releasing it into the municipal storm water system. The east and west sun exposures are minimized and southern exposures are protected by louvers to reduce heat gain. Photovoltaic panels are placed on the south-facing roofs to maximize solar energy collection. The Mahatma Gandhi Museum uses vernacular sustainable architecture to engage the community and to promote Gandhi’s simple way of life.


http://mc2architects.com/2016/06/17/mahatma-gandhi-museum/




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On 7/20/2019 at 5:51 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:

Any updates on this? Is this still on the boards or has it been scrapped?

 

My guess it got scrapped. If you google maps this location and go to street view go to 2017 and you will see that the property is empty, but in 2018 someone built a small lowrise office building on the lot.

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1 minute ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

What a shame. Thanks for the update, @Luminare.
 

 

Same. Was the first time seeing this project here too. Weird place though. You'd think it would be closer or in "Little India". Oh well.

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21 minutes ago, Luminare said:

 

Same. Was the first time seeing this project here too. Weird place though. You'd think it would be closer or in "Little India". Oh well.


I could see it here. There's a large Southeast Asian / Indian community in the Stafford and Sugar Land area. Hopefully this will find a home somewhere in town in the years to come.

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4 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:


I could see it here. There's a large Southeast Asian / Indian community in the Stafford and Sugar Land area. Hopefully this will find a home somewhere in town in the years to come.

 

True. Little India is more like the true nexus point or gateway into the areas where many with these ethnic backgrounds are from. I could see it here too. I liked the diagrams and the pseudo connection with the canal/bayou, but for visibility this would be a great draw to an area which I personally really find fascinating (Little India). Plus would be near all that great food they have in that area.

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